Transition Planning in Texas
The Texas Education Agency in collaboration with Statewide Leadership in Secondary Transition and Post School Results at Education Service Center 11 are pleased to announce that the Texas Transition and Employment Guide has been posted to the Student-Centered Transition Network site. The purpose of this helpful guide is to provide information about statewide services and programs that assist students with disabilities in the transition to life outside of the public school system.
The Individual with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) requires that "all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and/or independent living." It defines transition services as a "coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that is designed to be within a results-oriented process that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child's movement from school to post-school activities."
Transition services means a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that
- Is designed within an results-oriented process, that is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the child with a disability to facilitate the child’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation;
- Is based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account the child’s strengths, preferences and interests;
- Includes instruction; related services; community experiences; the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives; and if appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation.
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